Solberg, Myron Department of Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Last reviewed:August 2019
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
A proteolytic enzyme found in the gastric juice of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. It is formed from a precursor, pepsinogen, which is found in the stomach mucosa. Pepsinogen is converted to pepsin either by hydrochloric acid, naturally present in the stomach, or by pepsin itself. A pepsin inhibitor, peptide, remains attached to the pepsin molecule at pH values above 5.0, preventing activation of the enzyme. The approximate molecular weight of pepsin is 34,500 and that of pepsinogen is 42,600. Maximum activity occurs at pH 1.8, and broad specificity for peptide bonds is demonstrated. See also: Enzyme; pH
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 10,000 highly qualified scientists and 46 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information